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A common question that our medical staff gets asked year-round is what the difference between a flu and cold is. If you have had both a flu and cold at some point, you probably know the difference in how your body feels. Yet it is still very difficult for most people to figure out what the symptoms of both are and what the best way to treat a cold versus the flu is.
At AFC Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic Wichita KS, our trained physicians are familiar with recognizing flu and cold symptoms, and treating your minor emergency immediately and correctly. If you’re looking for a great urgent care clinic near Wichita, KS for all of your minor emergencies, look no further! Our medical team wants you feeling your best. Just follow our tips on diagnosing and treating the flu or a cold.
The flu generally lasts much longer than a cold, and is a more serious illness, sometimes leading to pneumonia or hospitalization. Cold symptoms can consist of a runny nose or sore throat for a few days, but then they gradually disappear as your health improves. For the flu however, symptoms come on much stronger and last longer. Sometimes that mild sore throat can lead to needing treatment for a strep throat or can be an upper respiratory infection.
While flu symptoms can be alleviated through medications, it may take a week or so of rest before your body is back to a healthy state. Not resting properly can lead to more severe problems, such as sinus infections or bronchitis.
If you or your loved ones are showing symptoms of either a cold or the flu, please call us today at AFC Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic Wichita, KS or walk in today for immediate and professional medical care. We are happy to tell you more about flu and cold symptoms, and hope to help you feel better as soon as possible!
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.